By winning with panache in the terrible room of Podgorica (35-32), there was a month in opening this Champions League, Brest had sounded the start of a formidable series of European successes, after two first mediocre campaigns .
On Saturday, the Breton club confirmed its new status by again dominating the same Montenegrin opponent, in a Brest Arena always hot (32-28). His fifth victory in as many days, which ensures him to finish at the top of Group C, as Metz in Group A.
This success will count in the main round, because Podgorica will accompany the Bretons and the results are kept against the other qualified teams. With already six points secured from this second group stage, the BBH is very, very good to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in its history. Next Saturday in Valcea, in the last match of the preliminary round, he can even carry his nest egg at eight points.
Ana Gros and Alicia Toublanc rock the tussle
The Brestoises, deprived of Coralie Lassource and Kalidiatou Niakate, had the merit to win this very intense duel against Montenegrins rallies, like their captain Jovanka Radicevic (10 goals). After an excellent first quarter of an hour (9-6, 17th), they underwent the rise of Podgorica (10-12, 23rd) and found themselves late at the break (14-15, 30th).
But in the resumption, the players of Laurent Bezeau rectified their deficiencies against the enemy leagues. Led by the amazing Pauletta Foppa (4 goals and a big defensive activity), they gradually got their hands on the game (21-19, 45th).
In the last ten minutes, several big shots of Ana Gros (6 goals in total), then a doubling on the right wing of the young Alicia Toublanc allowed Brest to definitely tilt the arm wrestling (30-24, 57th).